Engineering Manager

a remote job by Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Job Description

posted 1 year ago via

Location: San Francisco, CA or Remote


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an experienced Engineering Manager to help build features that enable our communities to achieve our Vision: a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. As Engineering Manager, you will support engineers and designers building features, products, and services used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. This is an opportunity to do good while improving one of the best known sites in the world.

We have two Engineering Management positions available within the Contributors team: one for managing the Editing group and one for managing the Community Tech group. The Editing group works on tools for editing the content of the projects, while the Community Tech group works on power-user tools for the most active editors and administrators, as well as tools for maintaining good community health. Because the two positions are similar, we are using one job posting for both. You only need to apply once even if you are interested in both positions.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.


  • Collaborate with Product Managers and Engineers to develop team goals and track progress publicly and collaboratively
  • Organize your team to be effective in meeting their goals
  • Help to review code changes made by your team and offer technical guidance
  • Represent team members within the organization and publicly
  • Coordinate with other teams and departments
  • Support your team by doing performance reviews, compensation planning, and career development
  • Recruit and hire new team members


  • 4+ years of software development experience
  • 3+ years of leadership experience in the internet industry (team lead, senior developer, or manager)
  • 1+ years of experience managing a software engineering team
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills


  • Experience working in an agile software development environment
  • Experience managing a geographically distributed software engineering team
  • Experience with open source software development
  • BS in Computer Science or other relevant technical field
  • Knowledge of PHP and JavaScript
  • Knowledge of the Wikimedia projects and communities

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia, the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects, and our mission of free knowledge for every single person. We help bring new knowledge to people around the world, lower barriers to participation, and make it easier for everyone to share what they know. We do this by keeping the Wikimedia projects fast, secure, and available to all, protecting the values and policies that allow free knowledge projects like Wikipedia to thrive, building new features and tools to make it easy to read, edit, and share from the Wikimedia sites, and by supporting the communities of volunteers who make the projects possible.

At the Foundation, we build technology to help people everywhere access Wikipedia, across devices and in nearly 300 languages. We engineer privacy for our readers and editors so they can safely and securely explore Wikipedia. We create programs and initiatives to make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world. We build new tools for the community of editors so they can continue to improve and grow Wikipedia. Roughly a quarter of our budget goes to supporting the community that make the site possible, including through grantmaking programs that enable volunteers and enrich the information on the sites.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

Benefits & Perks *

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)
  • The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, baby sitting, continuing education and much more
  • The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
  • Flexible and generous time off - vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 19 paid holidays - including the last week of the year.
  • Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.
  • For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
  • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
  • Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
  • Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

* for benefits eligible staff, benefits may vary by location

More Information

About Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.

Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.